It’s been more than a decade since the first alarm about a shortage of leaders.
Who can forget the countless surveys that indicated a significant decline in the confidence in leadership bench strength, or the reports that leadership skills gaps were a top concern among talent management professionals and CEOs alike?
In the first study, we surveyed 2,239 leaders from 24 organizations in 3 countries.
We found that crucial leadership skills in organizations are for meeting current and future needs.
Organizations — and individual leaders — want to avoid a discrepancy between areas of strength and areas of need; however, the data from our study indicates that organizations today are experiencing a current leadership deficit and can expect a leadership gap in the future.
Today’s leadership capacity is insufficient to meet future leadership requirements.The sooner organizations understand the reality of their leadership situation, the quicker they can move to adapt by refocusing leadership development efforts and rethinking recruitment priorities.To increase leadership capacity, organizations need to take both a strategic and a tactical approach.Other assessments — including 360-degree feedback tools — can be helpful in evaluating individuals’ strengths and development needs.Be sure to factor in feedback, coaching, and assessment towards goal attainment.APQC’s special report also provided recommendations for organizations that want to bridge the gap between where they are and where they need to be as they adjust and reinvent themselves. The project was designed to address the following 3 questions: • What leadership skills and perspectives are critical for success, now and in the future?Businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, and educational organizations need leaders who can effectively navigate complex and changing situations. • How strong are current leaders in these critical skills and perspectives?The concern seems to have spread further around the globe, and the World Economic Forum on the global outlook for 2015 identified the lack of leadership as the No. Out of 1,767 respondents to the Survey on the Global Agenda, 86% agree there is still a leadership crisis.This paper shares findings from 2 research studies designed to explore the leadership gap.On the individual and tactical level, managers need to align the development experiences of managers with organizational objectives.Want ideas for developing the 7 key competencies with the largest future leadership gap, or more details on our research findings?